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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL
School start date. Prohibits public schools and accredited nonpublic schools from beginning student instructional days for a school year before the fourth Monday in August, beginning with the 2013-2014 school year. Excludes a year-round school. Provides that the department of education shall develop guidelines for a school corporation to request a waiver of the school start date requirement if a school within the school corporation is placed in the lowest category or designation of school improvement. Provides that the department shall develop guidelines for a school corporation to request a waiver of the school start date requirement if the school corporation averaged more than ten canceled school days over the previous five years due to inclement weather. Requires the governing body of a school corporation to approve the date when a school year may begin at a public meeting for which public notice has been provided and at which public testimony is allowed. Requires the ISTEP applied skills assessment be administered to applicable students within a window of 150 to 155 student instructional days after the school's academic school year begins.